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  • E3: Dead Island demo

    June 20, 2011 @ 10:45 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    You remember the trailer for Dead Island, right? Well here’s some of the in-game footage.

    It’s 18s rated, and a zombie game, so expect lots of blood, mutilation and screaming. And swearing. Don’t forget the swearing.

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  • E3!

    June 7, 2011 @ 11:13 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    E3 officially starts today, but the major games firms have been holding their press conferences over the past 24 hours.


    Microsoft, as expected, is concentrating on Kinect, with motion gaming elements planned for titles such as Mass Effect 3, Forza Motorsport 4 and even FIFA.

    Sony, meanwhile, is concentrating on 3D, and yesterday announced the name of its new portable device, the Playstation Vita – probably the worst kept secret of the exhibition. We also saw some pricing – €249 to €299, depending on whether you want 3G or not.

    And today it’s Nintendo’s turn. We’re expecting to get a glimpse of its Wii successor at its conference later, and get an indication of how Nintendo expects to handle the competition in the games market.

    Expect more details – including game trailers for all platforms – later today.

  • Fifa 12 – the Impact Engine

    June 4, 2011 @ 2:14 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    A quick video of how Fifa’s new Impact Engine will affect gameplay. I got a sneak preview in April, and it was impressive. The movement looks more real, any collisions are vastly improved – no arms going through players, and you can even play a little more like Messi & Co.

    It’s smarter, it’s more impressive – it’s just all-round better than Fifa 11.

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  • Playstation Network partially restored

    May 15, 2011 @ 12:59 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s the news PSN users have been waiting for: Sony is to restore some of its services from today. And luckily, that limited service includes the restoration of online gameplay for both the PS3 and PSP.

    It’s been more than three weeks since Sony took the service offline, following an attack on it’s systems that could have compromised the details of millions of users.

    Sony is rolling out the restored services on a country by country basis starting with the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East.

    Also on the restoration list is the ability to reset passwords, playback of rented video content, access to services such as Hulu and Netflix, Qriocity music playback, PS3 “friends” services such as chat and trophy comparison, and Playstation Home.

    Sony is also promising some beefed up security, so hopefully, this won’t happen again.

  • Playstation Network remains shut down

    April 27, 2011 @ 7:57 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Well isn’t this a massive mess. Sony’s Playstation network has been hit by a major attack and, if you’re registered with it – as 77 million people are – your personal details may now be in the hands of…who knows?


  • And another…

    April 1, 2011 @ 10:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    You know how it is. You’re standing at the microwave, defrosting som food, nuking a ready meal or whatever, and what’s missing? That’s right, gaming.

    So over to PopCap, which this morning (and there’s the clue) sent out an email heralding the Christmas launch of its PlayWave microwave, which will allow you to play games (Bejewelled etc) while you cook.

    How? A fully functional touchscreen built into the microwave door and a wireless internet connection. So you get “full power” and “defrost” settings alongside the “playtime” setting, which will allegedly cook the food according to your game performance.

    Sadly, the bathroom version – the Play-n-Poop – won’t even get a prototype until 2012. Probably announced on April 1st too.

  • Tech Tools: Nintendo 3DS

    March 18, 2011 @ 5:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s been promised for months, but finally the 3DS is (almost) here. Due for launch on March 25th, the console is the games company’s first proper foray into the 3D arena.

    The portable console has been spruced up and now includes the ability to take your own 3D images as well as play specially created games.

    There is built-in software that allows you to play augmented reality games out of the box, using some cards and the 3D camera – and you can still use it with your older DS and DSi games.

    The 3D can be switched on and off with a slider control that also sets the intensity of the effect.

    The 3D effects aren’t recommended for those under six years of age: handily, parental controls on the console mean you can lock down some of those functions, locking out 3D, internet browsing, shopping services and image-sharing, among other functions.

  • Dead Island trailer makes a splash

    February 24, 2011 @ 11:43 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    There’s an awful lot of effort going into games trailers these days. Take the preview for Dead Island. The game hasn’t even got a definite release date – there are rumours of August – but already Deep Silver has put out what could be the most disturbing trailer I’ve ever seen. It’s been stuck in my head since last week when I watched it.


  • What would real-life Mario Kart look like?

    February 21, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Sort of like this. Watch, learn, but probably best not to try it at home.

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  • Guitar Hero RIP

    February 10, 2011 @ 5:13 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    For many, Guitar Hero was the only chance of picking up something that vaguely looked like a guitar and actually making proper use of it. But Activision has decided to pull the plug on a games franchise that was once hailed as a “cultural phenomenon”.

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